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Solsikke drilling delayed due to strike

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23 August 2002

Exploration drilling on the Solsikke license in the Norwegian offshore sector has been delayed one month due to a recent oil services workers strike that upset drilling rig schedules. The Solsikke license was awarded to Hydro in concession round 16 in 2000. The prospect is considered one of the most interesting in the Norwegian oil sector and may hold enormous volumes of natural gas. The Solsikke license consists of four blocks. One of them will be drilled by the drilling rig "Scarabeo 5" at the start of October. The block, located some 100 kilometers west of the Ormen Lange gas field, has a record deep water deth of 1,700 to 1,800 meters. This summer's five-week long, recently settled oil services workers strike by the Norwegian Oil and Petrochemicals Workers Union (Nopef), as well as important tasks on the Tampen offshore license in the North Sea have contributed to delaying the start of exploration drilling on Solsikke to the first half of October.

Source: http://www.statoil.com/en/NewsAndMedia/News/2002/Pages/SolsikkeDrillingDelayedDueToStrike.aspx


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27 Oct 2014

Eni announces large gas discovery in Indonesia

Eni has made an important gas discovery at the Merakes exploration prospect, in the East Sepinggan Block, where Eni is operator with a 100% stake. The Block is located in the offshore East Kalimantan (Borneo), 170 kilometres south of the Bontang LNG Plant and 35 kilometres from the offshore Jangkrik field, also operated by Eni. The find was made through the Merakes 1 well which was drilled at a water depth of 1,372 metres and reached a total depth of 2,640 metres. The well encountered a significant accumulation of gas in the lower Pliocene clastic sequence. Merakes has crossed a hydrocarbon column of 60 metres in high quality sandstones. Merakes is the first exploration well drilled by Eni in the East Sepinggan Block, which was assigned to the Company in 2012 following an International Bid Round. Merakes potential has been preliminary estimated to be 1,3 Trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of gas in place. The discovery has further upside that will be assessed with a delineation campaign. Claudio Descalzi, Eni’s CEO said: "This new success further implements the Company’s growth strategy in the Pacific Basin where, in addition to its presence in Indonesia, Australia and China, Eni recently signed new exploration contracts in Vietnam, Myanmar and China. Merakes finding is a significant one as it strengthens our position as operator in Indonesia. Moreover thanks to its proximity to the Jangkrik field, which is currently under development, this new gas finding could supply in the future additional gas volumes to the Bontang LNG plant. This new achievement proves once more the effectiveness of Eni’s strategic approach to exploration, which is based on operating with elevated stakes in exploration phase to better valorize exploration success" Eni has been operating in Indonesia since 2001 and currently has a large portfolio of assets in exploration, production and development which have an increasing importance in contributing to the overall Company’s production growth. The company holds working interests in fourteen permits and is operator in ten of them. The exploration activities are located in acreage in the Tarakan and Kutei Basins, offshore Kalimantan, north of Sumatra, West Timor and West Papua. In the Kutei Basin in early 2014 Eni started the development activities of the deep offshore Jangkrik gas field in the Muara Bakau PSC. Eni also holds a participating interest in the development of significant gas reserves located in the Ganal and Rapak PSCs. Production activities are located in the Mahakam River Delta, East Kalimantan through the participated Company VICO Ltd (Eni 50%, BP 50%) operator of the Sanga Sanga PSC that provides an average equity production of 17,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

27 Oct 2014

Saudi Aramco awards three year extension to 'Perro Negro 7'

Saipem has been awarded a number of new engineering & construction contracts and new drilling contracts in the Middle East and in Latin America, which are cumulatively valued at approximately USD2 billion. Included within these new contracts is a three year contract extension for the Perro Negro 7 jackup from Saudi Aramco. The extension will begin in November 2015 following on from the one year extension the unit was awarded in May 2014.

22 Dec 2014

Suspension of 'Scarabeo 5' set to end following new PSA approval

Statoil has received consent to use Scarabeo 5 for plugging and production drilling. Statoil is the operator of the Kristin field, which is in blocks 6406/2 and 6506/11 at Haltenbanken in the Norwegian Sea. Statoil will plug well 6406/2-R-4 BHT2 permanently and simultaneously drill a new production well as a sidetrack from the well being plugged. The new production well will be designated 6406/2-R-4-CH. Water depth at the site is 355 metres and the combined activities are estimated to last 138 days.

20 Feb 2015

Incident onboard 'Scarabeo 8'

The PSA has resolved to investigate an incident where a person fell overboard from the Scarabeo 8 semisub which is working on the Goliat field in the Barents Sea on 20th February. After being recovered by the Esvagt Aurora, the person involved was sent to Hammerfest Hospital with minor injuries. The area around the accident site has now been cordoned off and activity suspended. Among other objectives, the PSA investigation will seek to clarify the course of events and identify the direct and underlying causes of the incident.

26 Mar 2015

Eni comes up dry with Amathusa well in Cyprus

Eni has suffered another disappointment off Cyprus as its second offshore well failed to make a significant discovery. The Amathusa well which began drilling in January 2015, was drilled to a total depth (“TD”) of 5,485 metres on Block 9. However the well failed to make to identify exploitable hydrocarbons. The disappointing well result follows the failure of the Onasagoras well in the fourth quarter of 2014

23 Apr 2015

PSA completes 'Scarabeo 8' investigation

The PSA’s investigation of the incident on Scarabeo 8 during February 2015, when a man fell overboard, is now completed. Several regulatory breaches were identified. A man fell overboard from the mobile drilling unit Scarabeo 8 at about 04.00 on Friday 20th February 2015.The incident occurred when subsea personnel were preparing to bring the blowout preventer (BOP) back into service after about four weeks of maintenance. Two subsea engineers were working in the moonpool area at the time of the incident. They entered the BOP carrier used to move the unit between the well centre and the parked position. One of the subsea engineers descended the ladder which leads to a small access platform on the carrier. As he stepped off the ladder onto the grating below, he fell through a gap directly into the sea 13.5 metres below. The other subsea engineer observed the fall and managed to throw out a lifebuoy. The man-overboard alarm was sounded via Scarabeo 8’s control room to the Esvagt Aurora standby ship. Personnel on the latter mobilised its MOB boat and picked up the person from the water. He was flown by helicopter from the standby ship to hospital for a check and treatment. No serious injuries were found. The PSA quickly decided to investigate the incident. This investigation has sought to clarify the course of events, the direct and underlying causes and the actual and potential consequences, and possibly identify breaches of the regulations. The direct cause of the incident was the missing grating on the BOP carrier platform, probably as a result of high seas ahead of the incident.

8 May 2015

Statoil to plug Kristin field well

Statoil has received consent to use Scarabeo 5 for permanent plugging of well 6506/11-N-4 H on the Kristin field. Statoil has allocated up to 27 days for the activity, which will start in mid-May 2015. Water depth at the site is 367 metres. Scarabeo 5 is a type ME 4500 drilling facility and was built at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Genoa, Italy in 1990. It is operated by Saipem Norwegian Branch (Saipem). It is registered in the Bahamas and classified by ABS.

8 Jun 2015

Panoro announces contracting of 'Scarabeo 3'

Panoro Energy ASA (”Panoro”), an independent oil and gas E&P company focused on West Africa, has provided the following operations update. Yinka Folawiyo Petroleum (“YFP”) the operator of the OML113 license has, on behalf of the joint venture partners, entered into a rig contract with Saipem for the Scarabeo 3 drilling rig to carry out the drilling and completion programme for the Aje Field Cenomanian oil development. Aje is an offshore field located in the western part of Nigeria in the Dahomey Basin at the border with Benin, with first oil targeted for December 2015. The field is situated in water depths ranging from 100 to 1,000 meters about 24 km from the coast. Panoro Energy holds a 6.502% participating interest in OML113 (with a 12.1913% revenue interest and 16.255% paying interest in the Aje Field). The Aje Field contains hydrocarbon resources in sandstone reservoirs in three main levels - a Turonian gas condensate reservoir, a Cenomanian oil reservoir and an Albian gas condensate reservoir. The Scarabeo 3 rig is a semi-submersible rig currently stationed offshore Lagos. The rig will be moved 18 nautical miles to the Aje drilling location and will be used to carry out well operations for the first phase of the Aje Cenomanian Oil field development that includes two subsea production wells. The well operations will comprise the completion of the existing Aje-4 well as a production well, and the drilling and completion of a new well, Aje-5, which will be drilled to the Aje-2 subsurface location. The Aje-2 well demonstrated high reservoir productivity in a Cenomanian production test conducted in 1997, flowing approximately 3,700 bopd of 41°API oil under suboptimal well conditions. Well operations are expected to commence in early Q3-2015 and are likely to take approximately 90 days to complete. Once well operations have been completed, subsea equipment will be installed and the wells will be tied back to the Front Puffin FPSO, currently undergoing refurbishment in Singapore.

24 Jun 2015

'Scarabeo 5' set to complete well 7121/4-G-4 H

The Petroleum Safety Authority (“PSA”) has given Statoil consent to use the Scarabeo 5 mobile drilling facility for drilling and completing well 7121/4-G-4 H. Scarabeo 5 is a type ME 4500 mobile drilling facility and was built by Fincantieri Shipyards in Genoa, Italy in 1990. It is operated by Saipem Norwegian Branch (“Saipem”). It is registered in the Bahamas and classified by ABS. Scarabeo 5 was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in May 2003. Snøhvit is in the Barents Sea in the central part of the Hammerfest Basin, in 310 to 340 metres of water. Snøhvit is a gas field with condensate and an underlying thin oil zone. The Snøhvit Unit comprises the Snøhvit, Albatross and Askeladd structures. The approved PDO for the gas resources includes subsea templates for 19 production wells and one injection well for CO2.

1 Jul 2015

Statoil suspends 'Scarabeo 5' rig contract

Statoil Petroleum AS (“Statoil”) has decided to suspend the contract associated with the Scarabeo 5 semisub due to overcapacity in its rig portfolio. The suspension will take effect once Scarabeo 5 has completed drilling a well on the Kristin field in the middle of August, and will last until 1st March 2016. Jon Arnt Jacobsen, senior vice president of Procurement at Statoil said, “We regret the need to suspend Scarabeo 5, but we will do our utmost to resume our drilling operations earlier than planned at the time of suspending the rig”. This is the second time that Statoil has suspended the contract for the Scarabeo 5 following the suspension that ran form August 2014 until February 2015. Statoil did not announce any details to do with the potential percentage of its current charter rate that the unit will receive whilst under suspension.

27 Jul 2015

Yinka Folawiyo Petroleum (YFP) spuds Aje-5 well in Nigeria

Panoro Energy ASA ("Panoro"), the independent E&P company with assets in Nigeria and Gabon, is pleased to announce that drilling has commenced on the Aje-5 production well on the OML 113 license, offshore Nigeria. The well is being drilled with the Saipem Scarabeo 3 semi-submersible drilling rig. Aje is an offshore field located in the western part of Nigeria in the Dahomey Basin close to the border with Benin. The field is situated in water depths ranging from 100 to 1,000 metres about 24 km from the coast. Panoro Energy holds a 6.502% participating interest in OML 113 (with a 12.1913% revenue interest and 16.255% paying interest in the Aje Field). The Aje Field contains hydrocarbon resources in sandstone reservoirs in three main levels - a Turonian gas condensate reservoir, a Cenomanian oil reservoir and an Albian gas condensate reservoir. The Aje-5 well is being drilled from a seabed location close to Aje-4 in 300 metres water depth. The well will be drilled as a deviated well targeting a location close to the Aje-2 subsurface location where that well encountered and tested high quality oil-bearing Cenomanian reservoir. Following drilling, the Aje-5 well will be completed as a subsea oil production well. The drilling and completion for Aje-5 is expected to take approximately 70 days. Following this the rig will be used to re-enter the existing Aje-4 well to complete it as a second Cenomanian subsea oil production well. Installation of the production manifold, flowlines, umbilicals and risers will take place in Q4 2015 after which the FPSO vessel the ‘Front Puffin’ will be installed and commissioned. Production is expected to commence by year end 2015 at an initial anticipated production flow rate of approximately 1,100 bopd, net to Panoro from these two wells, in accordance with the first phase of the approved Field Development Plan.

16 Oct 2015

Panoro Energy Provides Operational Update

The Aje-5 production well located on the OML 113 license, offshore Nigeria, has been successfully completed and the reservoir has been perforated in the Upper and Lower Cenomanian Oil bearing zones. The subsea tree has been installed and the well has been suspended ready for connection to the oil production facilities prior to commencement of production. The Saipem Scarabeo 3 semi-submersible drilling rig has been moved to re-enter the existing Aje-4 well for completion as a second Cenomanian production well. All key equipment related to the Aje oilfield development has now been delivered to Lagos, including the FPSO moorings and turret buoy, the production manifold, the umbilical termination assembly, and the umbilicals and flowlines. In addition, the ongoing refurbishment of the Front Puffin FSPO is on schedule and it is anticipated that the vessel will sail from Singapore approximately six weeks prior to its installation date. Panoro currently estimates the project timing and costs to be largely on track, although for planning purposes, the Company is now projecting that first oil should take place towards the end of January 2016.

16 Nov 2015

Completion of Well Operations on the Aje Field, Nigeria

Panoro Energy ASA, the independent E&P company with assets in Nigeria and Gabon, is pleased to announce the completion of well operations on the Aje field on the OML 113 license offshore Nigeria. The Aje-4 well, which was previously drilled in 2008, has been successfully completed as an oil production well. This follows the previously reported successful completion of the Aje-5 production well. Both wells have been perforated in the Cenomanian oil bearing zones with positive indications of well productivity based on the short flow-backs carried out during the completion programs. Subsea trees have been installed on both wells, and the wells are now suspended ready for connection to the oil production facilities, prior to commencement of production. The Saipem Scarabeo 3 is currently being demobilized. No safety related incidents have been reported. Based on the well results and updated perforation modelling, management is confident that it should meet its indicated daily production guidance.

25 May 2016

Consent for exploration drilling for Eni Norge

Eni Norge has received consent to drill an exploration well in block 7222 in the Barents Sea. Eni Norge is the operator for production licence 226 in the Barents Sea. The well is to be drilled in a prospect named Aurelia, with the designation 7222/1-1. Water depth at the site is 424 metres. Drilling is estimated to last for 58 days, depending on whether a discovery is made. 25.05.2016 Print Tip someone Register for news Eni Norge is the operator for production licence 226 in the Barents Sea. The well is to be drilled in a prospect named Aurelia, with the designation 7222/1-1. The geographical coordinates are: 72° 56' 45.9401" N 22° 19' 26.1847" E Water depth at the site is 424 metres. Drilling is estimated to last for 58 days, depending on whether a discovery is made. Drilling is to be performed by Scarabeo 8 which is a semi-submersible drilling facility of the Moss CS 50 MkII design. The facility is winterised and is designed for working at water depths of between 70 and 3050 metres.

9 Jun 2016

Saipem awarded new drilling contracts worth approximately €150 million

Saipem has been awarded by Eni Portugal B.V. a contract for the utilization of the Saipem 12000, which will operate offshore Portugal. The work will be performed during the third quarter of 2016. Saipem 12000 is a sixth generation ultra-deepwater drilling ship capable of operating in water depths of over 3,000 metres.

13 Jun 2016

Drilling permit for well 7222/1-1 in production licence 226

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Eni Norge AS a drilling permit for well 7222/1-1, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 7222/1-1 will be drilled from the Scarabeo 8 drilling facility in position 72°56' 45.94 north and 22°19' 26.18 east in production licence 226. The drilling programme for well 7222/1-1 relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 226. Eni Norge AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 60 per cent. The other licensees are DEA Norge AS with 20 per cent and Edison Norge AS with 20 per cent. The area in this licence consists of part of block 7220/1. The well will be drilled about 250 km north of Hammerfest. Production licence 226 was awarded on 30 May 1997 in the Barents Sea project. This is the first well to be drilled within the licence area. The permit is contingent on the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities before the drilling activity commences.

4 Aug 2016

Dry well northeast of Johan Castberg in the Barents Sea - 7222/1-1

Eni Norge AS, operator of production licence 226, is in the process of completing the drilling of wildcat well 7222/1-1. The well is dry. The well was drilled about 80 kilometres northeast of the Johan Castberg oil field and about 250 kilometres north of Hammerfest. The objective of the well was to prove petroleum in Middle Triassic (Kobbe formation) and Permian (Ørn formation) reservoir rocks. Secondary targets were Late Triassic (Snadd formation) and Permian (Røye formation) reservoir rocks. The well encountered 22 metres of poor quality sandstone reservoir with traces of gas in the Kobbe formation. The well was terminated before it reached the Ørn formation. Two aquiferous sandstone reservoirs (Carn and Ladin) were encountered in the Snadd formation, 56 and 18 metres, respectively. They both had moderate reservoir quality. An 18-metre aquiferous carbonate reservoir with poor reservoir quality was encountered in the Røye formation. Extensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. This is the first wildcat well in production licence 226, which was awarded on 30 May 1997 in the Barents Sea project. Well 7222/1-1 was drilled to a vertical depth of 2366 metres below the sea surface and was terminated in the Røye formation from the Permian Age. Water depth is 424 metres. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned. The well was drilled by the Scarabeo 8 drilling facility.

8 Nov 2016

Consent to use Scarabeo 5 at Njord

Statoil has received consent to use Scarabeo 5 for well activities on the Njord field. Statoil is the operator at Njord, an oil field in the Norwegian Sea, located around 130 kilometres north of Kristiansund. The Njord field has been developed using a semi-submersible drilling, accommodation and production facility, Njord A, and the Njord B FSU. Water depth at the site is 330 metres. Production on the field began in 1997. The PSA has now granted Statoil consent to use Scarabeo 5 for various well activities associated with production wells on the field. The activities are scheduled to begin on 10 November 2016. Scarabeo 5 is a semi-submersible drilling facility of the ME 4500 type, built by Fincantieri in Genoa in 1990. It is registered in the Bahamas and classified by RINA/ABS. Scarabeo 5 was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in May 2003.

22 Nov 2016

Fire on “Scarabeo 5”

On Tuesday 22 November at 1730 the drilling rig Scarabeo 5 reported a fire in an engine room. There are 106 personnel on board, all have been accounted for and no-one has been reported missing. Fire extinguishing is being carried out on the rig, which is located at the Njord field in the Norwegian Sea. The public rescue services and the authorities have been notified of the situation. Statoil’s emergency preparedness organisation has been mobilised and resources are being assembled to handle the incident. Personnel without emergency duties have been mustered to the lifeboat stations and preparations are being made to evacuate them by helicopter. No drilling operations were underway at the time of the incident. There are no other installations on the Njord field at the present time. A supply vessel is at the field and several more are underway. “Scarabeo 5” is a drilling rig operated by Saipem Norwegian Branch. Updates will be published on our website and via our news service.

22 Nov 2016

Fire on Scarabeo 5 put out

On Tuesday 22 November at 1730 the drilling rig Scarabeo 5 reported a fire in one engine room. Around 20:30 the fire was reported put out. There were 106 persons on board when the incident occurred; all of them are accounted for and none are missing. One person will be sent ashore for a medical check. 33 persons have been transported from the rig by helicopter. 14 of these were flown to a nearby installation and 19 to shore in Kristiansund. 73 persons remained on board and there are no plans currently to move more people from the rig. Work is under way to achieve normalization. Scarabeo 5 is currently located at the Njord-field in the Norwegian Sea. No drilling operations were underway when the incident occurred. The rig is equipped with two engine rooms and a total of eight engines. The standby vessels Ocean Response and Troms Sirius assisted the drilling rig. Three helicopters were in operation in connection with the incident. There are no other installations currently at the Njord field. Statoil’s second and third-line response organization has been mobilized to assist with the incident.

19 Dec 2016

Eni receives consent for exploration drilling in the Barents Sea

Eni has received consent to drill exploration well 7318/12-1 in the Barents Sea. Eni Norge AS (Eni) is the operator for production licence 716, in blocks 7318/11 and 7318/12 in the Barents Sea. Eni has received consent from the PSA to drill well 7318/12-11 in a prospect named Boné-Bigorna. The drilling location is around 320 kilometres north-west of Hammerfest. Water depth at the site is 418 metres. The drilling work is scheduled to take 55 days. The well is to be drilled using the Scarabeo 8 mobile facility, which is owned and operated by Saipem SpA. Scarabeo 8 was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in May 2012.

22 Dec 2016

Drilling permit for wellbore 7318/12-1 in production licence 716

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted ENI Norge AS a drilling permit for wellbore 7318/12-1, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 7318/12-1 will be drilled from the Scarabeo 8 drilling facility in position 73°7' 46.84" north and 18°43'4.17" east. The drilling programme for wellbore 7318/12-1 concerns the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 716. ENI Norge AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 30 per cent. The other licensees are Bayerngas Norge AS (20 per cent), Faroe Petroleum Norge AS (20 per cent), Petoro AS (20 per cent) and Point Resources AS (10 per cent). The area in this licence consists of blocks 7318/11 and 7318/12. The well will be drilled about 80 kilometres northwest of Johan Castberg and 320 kilometres from the mainland. Production licence 716 was awarded on 21 June 2013 in the 22nd licensing round on the Norwegian shelf. This is the first well to be drilled in the licence. The permit is contingent upon the operator having secured all other permits and consents required by other authorities before the drilling starts.

12 Jan 2017

Boné (Dazzler) exploration well commences and Brasse appraisal well added to 2017 drilling programme

Faroe Petroleum, the independent oil and gas company focusing principally on exploration, appraisal and production opportunities in Norway and the UK, is pleased to announce the commencement of the Boné exploration well 7318/12-1 (Faroe 20%) and the decision to drill an appraisal well on the Brasse discovery in the 2017 drilling programme. Licence PL716, which contains the Boné prospect (previously named Dazzler), is located in the western part of the Norwegian Barents Sea in a similar structural setting to the Johan Castberg discovery. The primary targets for the well are the Jurassic Stø- and Nordmela sandstones with a secondary target within the Triassic Fruholmen and Snadd sandstone formations. Licence PL716 was awarded to Faroe in June 2013 in the Norwegian 22nd Licensing Round together with co-venturers Eni Norge AS (30% and operator), Bayerngas Norge AS (20%), Petoro AS (20%) and Point Resources AS (10%). The Boné well is being drilled using the Scarabeo 8 drilling rig and the results will be announced when drilling operations are complete. Faroe Petroleum is also pleased to announce that the Licence PL740 partnership has committed to the drilling of an appraisal well on the Brasse discovery in mid-2017 (Faroe 50%). Faroe as operator has entered into a contract with Odfjell Drilling for the use of the semi-submersible drilling rig, Deepsea Bergen, for the drilling operations. Faroe announced the Brasse oil and gas discovery in PL740 in July 2016. The main wellbore 31/7-1 encountered an 18 metre gross gas column and a 21 metre gross oil column, and the sidetrack well (31/7-1A) encountered a 6 metre gross gas column and 25 metre gross oil column, with both wells encountering good quality Jurassic reservoir. Total gross volumes of recoverable hydrocarbons have been estimated by the Company to be 28-54 mmbbls of oil and 89-158 bcf of gas (43-80 mmboe gross in aggregate). The main objectives of the appraisal well are to reduce the uncertainty in the reserves estimates and to provide important additional information for the development project. The Brasse discovery is located within tie-back distance to existing infrastructure: 13 kilometres to the south of the Brage field platform, in which the Company holds a 14.3% working interest and 13 kilometres to the south east of the Oseberg Field Centre.

31 Jan 2017

Eni successfully appraises Merakes discovery offshore Kalimantan, Indonesia

Eni successfully drilled and tested Merakes 2, the first appraisal well of the Merakes discovery under the Production Sharing Contract (PSC) in East Sepinggan. The block is located in the prolific offshore Kutei Basin and the Merakes discovery is 35km from the Eni-operated Jangkrik field, which is expected to start producing through a Floating-Production Unit in the second quarter of this year. The well, drilled to a depth of 2,732m in 1,269m of water depth, encountered 17 meters of clean sands with very good petrophysical characteristics of Pliocene age confirming the the extension also in this new area of the 2014 discovery by the well Merakes 1. The production test, which was limited by surface facilities, recorded an excellent gas deliverability of the Merakes reservoir, and allowed to collect all the necessary data and information to perform all the studies for the future commercial exploitation of the discovery. Merakes discovery is currently estimated to have 2.0 Tcf of gas in place with further additional potential to be evaluated. The proximity of Merakes 2 discovery to the Jangkrik field will allow to maximizing the synergies with existing nearby infrastructures as well as to reduce costs and time of the execution of the future subsea development it confirms the success of Eni the “near field” exploration and appraisal strategy . Eni is the operator of East Sepinggan PSC with its affiliate Eni East Sepinggan Limited holding 85% Participating Interest while Pertamina Hulu Energy holds the remaining 15%. Eni has been operating in Indonesia since 2001and currently has a large portfolio of assets in exploration, production and development. In the Kutei Basin in early 2014, Eni started the development activities of the deep offshore Jangkrik gas field in the Muara Bakau PSC. Production activities are located in the Mahakam River delta, East Kalimantan through the participated Company VICO Ltd (Eni 50%, Saka 50%) operator of the Sanga Sanga PSC that provides an average equity production of 16,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

15 Mar 2017

Boné Exploration Well Results

Faroe Petroleum, the independent oil and gas company focusing principally on exploration, appraisal and production opportunities in Norway and the UK, announces that drilling has reached target depth on the7183/12-2 Boné exploration well in the Barents Sea (Faroe 20%). The Boné well has been drilled to a total depth of 3,501 metres. The well encountered approximately 106 metres of gross water bearing reservoir in the primary target, the Realgrunnen Group. Data acquisition and sampling has been undertaken including logging and water sampling. The Boné exploration well was operated by Eni using the Scarabeo 8 drilling rig and is now being plugged and abandoned as planned. Licence PL716 was awarded to Faroe in June 2013 in the Norwegian 22nd Licensing Round together with co-venturers Eni Norge AS (30% and operator), Bayerngas Norge AS (20%), Petoro AS (20%) and Point Resources AS (10%).

16 Mar 2017

Dry well northwest of the 7220/8-1 Johan Castberg discovery in the Barents Sea – 7318/12-2

Eni Norge AS, operator of production licence 716, has completed the drilling of wildcat well 7318/12-2. The well, which was drilled about 80 km northwest of the 7220/8-1 Johan Castberg discovery in the Barents Sea, is dry. The primary exploration target for the well was to prove petroleum in Middle and Lower Jurassic reservoir rocks (Stø and Nordmela formations). The secondary exploration target for the well was to prove petroleum in Upper Triassic reservoir rocks (Fruholmen and Snadd formations). Drilling to secondary exploration targets was contingent upon discoveries in the primary exploration target. Well 7318/12-2 encountered about 60 metres of dense sandstone rocks in the Stø og Nordmela formations. Data has been acquired, and samples were taken. This is the first exploration well in production licence 716. The licence was awarded in 2013 in the 22nd licensing round. Well 7318/12-2 was drilled to a vertical depth of 3501 metres below the sea surface and was terminated in the Nordmela formation in the Lower Jurassic. Water depth is 418 metres. The well will be permanently plugged and abandoned. Well 7318/12-2 was drilled by Scarabeo 8, which will now drill a development well on the Goliat field in the Barents Sea, where Eni Norge AS is the operator.

30 May 2017

Eni receives consent to use Scarabeo 8 at Goliat

Eni has received consent to use Scarabeo 8 at Goliat. The facility will drill two production wells. One of the two wells to be drilled is for oil production, while the other is for water injection. A pilot hole will be drilled first and the production well drilled as a sidetrack from this. Horizontal drilling will be used and the well has been designated 7122/7-C-1 AH. The water injection well has been designated 7122/7-H-2 H and this will entail directional drilling. Drilling is scheduled to begin on 24 June 2017. The wells are to be drilled by Scarabeo 8, which is a mobile drilling facility of the Moss CS50 MKII type, operated by Saipem Norge. It was built in Russia and Italy and commissioned in 2012. The facility is classified by DNV GL and registered in the Bahamas. Scarabeo 8 was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in May 2012.

28 Jan 2013

Saipem faces new headache with 'Scarabeo 8' drilling rig in Norway

Saipem faces further scrutiny over its troubled ‘Scarabeo 8’ semisub drilling rig, with the Italian rig contractor being warned to improve its safety standards remarkably after the unit listed by as much as seven degrees whilst drilling in the Barents Sea in September 2012. The latest incident adds to the problems Saipem has had to face when dealing with the newbuild unit after its initial delivery was delayed by shipyard, electrical and safety problems from early 2011 to April 2012.

3 Jul 2013

Saipem Perro Negro 6 Rig sinks

Saipem said that one of the Perro Negro 6s three legs collapsed, causing the rig to suddenly tilt and start taking water. The incident, according to Saipem, occurred during the rig positioning on location between the coasts of Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo, in approximately 40 meters of water. 6 crew members have sustained minor injuries. At approximately 10:30 am CET, the rig, with no personnel on board, capsized and sank.

2 Jul 2013

Saipem jackup 'Perro Negro 6' sinks as seabed collapses beneath it

Saipem said that one of the Perro Negro 6s three legs collapsed, causing the rig to suddenly tilt and start taking water. The incident, according to Saipem, occurred during the rig positioning on location between the coasts of Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo, in approximately 40 meters of water. 6 crew members have sustained minor injuries. At approximately 10:30 am CET, the rig, with no personnel on board, capsized and sank.

22 Oct 2013

Eni completes drilling of 7016/2-1 well in Barents sea with 'Scarabeo 8' semisub

Eni Norge AS, operator of production licence 529, is about to complete drilling of wildcat well 7016/2-1. The well was drilled in the Barents Sea about 185 kilometres southwest of the Snøhvit field and 160 kilometres northwest of Tromsø. The objective of the well was to prove petroleum in Eocene and Paleocene reservoir rocks (the Sotbakken Group). The well did not encounter reservoir rocks in the Sotbakken Group. The well is dry. Data acquisition has been carried out. The well is the first exploration well in production licence 529. The licence was awarded in the 20th licensing round. The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 4025 metres below the sea surface and was terminated in the Upper Palaeocene. Water depth is 1366 metres. This is the first deepwater well in the Barents Sea. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned. Well 7016/2-1 was drilled by the Scarabeo 8 drilling facility, which will now proceed to production licence 229 in the Barents Sea to drill production wells on the Goliat field, where Eni Norge AS is the operator.

25 Aug 2012

BP makes two gas discoveries in Egypt's Nile Delta

BP Egypt today announced the Taurt North and Seth South gas discoveries in the North El Burg Offshore Concession, Nile Delta. These are the fourth and fifth discoveries made by BP in the concession following Satis-1 and Satis-3 Oligocene deep discoveries and Salmon-1 shallow Pleistocene discovery. The two wells were drilled by IEOC on behalf of concession operator BP, using Scarabeo IV rig in water depths of 110 and 78 meters respectively. The wireline logs, fluid samples and pressure data confirmed the presence of gas in one Pleistocene interval in Taurt North and two Plio-Pleistocene intervals in Seth South. Options to tie both discoveries to nearby existing infrastructure are being studied. Hesham Mekawi, President and General Manager of BP Egypt stated, "The discoveries show our commitment to develop the remaining potential of the shallow reservoirs within the Nile Delta and make the best use of the existing infrastructure. It demonstrates the ongoing cooperation with the Ministry of Petroleum to deliver new gas discoveries and incremental supply to meet the future growth of the gas business in Egypt." The parties to the North El Burg Offshore Concession agreement are: BP (operator 50%) and IEOC (50%).

24 Oct 2011

BP makes gas discovery in Egypt's Nile Delta

BP Egypt today announced the Salmon gas discovery in the North El Burg Offshore Concession, Nile Delta. Salmon is the third gas discovery BP has made in the concession following Satis-1 and Satis-3 Oligocene deep gas discoveries. Salmon, drilled by IEOC, the affiliate of ENI in Egypt, on behalf of concession operator BP, is located 50 kilometers to the north of Damietta. The wireline logs and pressure readings confirmed the presence of gas in two shallow Pleistocene intervals. The well was drilled by Scarabeo IV rig in water depths of 87m and reached a total depth of 1600m. Further appraisal work to evaluate the resources is underway. Hesham Mekawi, President and General Manager of BP Egypt stated "The success of Salmon highlights the great potential of the shallow reservoirs within the Nile Delta, and helps unlock additional resources in surrounding acreage. It demonstrates the ongoing cooperation with the Ministry of Petroleum to deliver new gas discoveries and incremental supply to meet the future growth of the gas business in Egypt." The parties to the North El Burg Offshore Concession agreement are: BP (operator 50%) and IEOC (50%).

20 Jul 2001

Oil find near Kristin

Oil has been found by Statoil with exploration well 6506/11-7 in the M structure of production licence 134B, about 10 kilometres north of its Kristin field in the Norwegian Sea. “This discovery is important for understanding and developing the area,” says Ørjan Birkeland, manager of the Halten/Nordland exploration sector. “It’ll also be significant for future exploration.” Saipem’s Scarabeo 5 drilled the well to a total depth of 4,942 metres below sea level in 356 metres of water, and encountered oil under high pressure in Jurassic sandstones. More than 100 metres of cores have been retrieved, and extensive logging carried out. A production test of the discovery recovered light oil from two different reservoir levels. The well was spudded on 15 January, and the rig is due to leave the site at the end of July. Apart from Statoil, with 48 per cent, licensees in the acreage are Agip (30 per cent), Norsk Hydro (12 per cent) and TotalFinaElf (10 per cent). See the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's press release (in Norwegian only).

29 Jan 2001

Drilling north of Kristin

An exploration well is being drilled for Statoil by Scarabeo 5 north of the group’s Kristin field in the Norwegian Sea. Targeted at a separate structure in the 134 B licence, this operation aims to check whether gas and condensate are present. It is due to take 96 days to reach a depth of 5,000 metres. “The results of this well could be significant for further development of Kristin,” comments sector manager Ørjan Birkeland. Before the Saipem-operated rig laid a course for the Norwegian Sea, it was upgraded to drill for Statoil and Shell in structures with high temperature and pressure. Shell is due to use the unit later on a well which has similarities with the current operation.

26 Apr 2012

Fairmount Expedition Delivered Scarabeo 6 to Rotterdam

Fairmount Marine’s tug Fairmount Expedition has delivered the semisubmersible drilling rig Scarabeo 6 safely in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, for her dry-dock period at shipyard Keppel-Verolme. The 27 year old Scarabeo 6, owned by Italian offshore company Saipem, was towed from offshore Abu Qir, Egypt, towards Rotterdam over a distance of 3,290 miles. The tow was executed by Fairmount Expedition together with tug Normand Neptun at an average speed of 5.7 knots. A bunker stop was made in Algaciras, Spain. For this job Fairmount Expedition was contracted by EDT Offshore Egypt.

7 Oct 2013

Farmount Fuji Assisted Saipem in Congolese Waters

Fairmount Marine’s multipurpose vessel Fairmount Fuji has assisted Italian contractor Saipem with her operations offshore Congo. Fairmount Fuji has performed several cargo runs between Saipem’s Boscongo yard in Pointe Noire and the offshore Congo moored drilling ship Saipem 10000. Fairmount Fuji also took care of the transport of Saipem crew. Drilling ship Saipem 10000, a 5th generation drilling ship for ultra deepwater operations, was moored offshore Congo pending her next assignment. Fairmount Marine was contracted to assist in the crew change and in the transfer of cargo. Fairmount Fuji transported around 150 personnel to and from the ship. Fairmount Fuji is equipped with a spacious 280 square meters deck. This makes her ideal for the transport of goods.

5 Jul 2002

Scarabeo 5 to Kristin

On behalf of the Kristin licensees in the Norwegian Sea, operator Statoil has entered into an agreement with Saipem SpA for the hire of the Scarabeo 5 drilling rig for 36 months. The total value of the contract is NOK 1,280 million. "Scarabeo 5 has the capacity to perform both drilling and completion operations and is a good rig for Kristin," reports Bengt Rasmussen, drilling manager on Kristin. The rig will however require some upgrading and a five-year class certificate before commencing drilling operations on 1 April 2003. Scarabeo 5 was built in Italy in 1990 and has been operating on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) since delivery from the shipyard. The pressure and temperature are both higher on the Kristin gas and condensate field than on any other field to be developed on the NCS. There has therefore been an increased focus on health, safety and the environment in the bidding process. The licensees in Kristin are Statoil with 46.6 per cent, Petoro (18.9 per cent), Norsk Hydro (12 per cent), ExxonMobil (10.5 per cent), Agip (9 per cent) and TotalFinaElf (3 per cent).

11 Dec 2002

Solsikke well dry

Hydro has finished drilling its Solsikke well in the Norwegian Sea without finding hydrocarbons. Solsikke lies on license 253 in the Norwegian Sea some 200 kilometers off the north-west coast of Norway at a sea depth of about 1,800 meters. Exploration well 6403/10-1 was drilled by the rig "Scarabeo 5" to test out a geological model in the western part of the Møre Basin. The well was drilled as planned to a total depth of 3,400 meters into a section of rock from the Cretaceous Age. "The drilling operation's two targeted main reservoir intervals were both penetrated. No mobile hydrocarbons were proven in the well," the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said in press release on Wednesday. When total depth is reached, the exploration well will be permanently plugged and abandoned.

5 Aug 2003

First Kristin producer spudded

The first production well for Statoil’s Kristin development in the Norwegian Sea, which was spudded on 3 August, faces very challenging reservoir conditions. With a pressure of 910 bar and a temperature of 170°C, this field ranks as the most extreme on the Norwegian continental shelf in terms of these two parameters. ”We’ve given great weight to using in-house experience and expertise in meeting these challenges and doing the job in a safe and secure manner,” says drilling operations head Severin Longva. ”Experience has also been secured from other companies, and we’ve prepared a special high pressure/high temperature (HPHT) manual. ”Eighty people in key positions on the Scarabeo 5 drilling rig and at the operations office have taken a Kristin-specific HPHT course.” Owned by Saipem, the rig arrived on 1 August to start preparations for drilling and completing the first well, designated 6406/2-S-3H. It has been chartered for 36 months. A total of 12 wells are due to be drilled and completed on the gas and condensate field before production starts on 1 October 2005. Four subsea templates installed on Kristin will be tied back to a floating production platform. Plans call for the use of two rigs to drill the producers, with West Alpha scheduled to arrive later this year. Apart from Statoil, with 46.6 per cent, the Kristin licensees are Petoro with 18.9 per cent, Norsk Hydro 12 per cent, ExxonMobil 10.5 per cent, Norsk Agip nine per cent and Total three per cent.

11 Nov 2009

Lower rig hire rates

The contracts have been signed with Diamond Offshore for the hire of Ocean Vanguard and with Saipem for the hire of the rig Scarabeo 5. “In December last year we announced that we expected the market to revert to the lower 2006 level and now it has responded to our expectations. We are pleased to have gained more reasonably priced rig capacity so that we can further develop the shelf,” says Anders Opedal, Statoil’s senior vice president for Procurement. The Ocean Vanguard deal is valued at USD 382 million. It has duration of three years with a one-year option. The deal for Scarabeo 5 is valued at USD 437 million and also has a three-year duration and one-year option. These rates set a new price level for rigs in the exploration and completion segment. “The two rigs are well known for their contributions to our operations on the shelf. The flexibility provided by these rigs in terms of conventional drilling, completion, high pressure, high temperatures and deep water are in line with our plans for exploration and production in the future,” says Øystein Michelsen, Statoil’s executive vice president for Exploration & Production Norway.

31 Jul 2011

Keppel completes ultra deepwater rig for Saipem

Keppel FELS Limited (Keppel FELS) is on track to deliver Scarabeo 9, a 6th generation ultra-deepwater semisubmersible drilling rig, to Saipem S.p.A (Saipem) on time and with no lost time incidents. A significant part of Keppel FELS' workscope on Scarabeo 9 involved the completion and commissioning of marine and drilling systems onboard.

3 Sep 2013

Natural gas discovery at the Agulha exploration prospect in Mozambique

Galp Energia, a partner in the consortium for the exploration of Area 4 in the Rovuma basin, offshore Mozambique, announces a new discovery at the Agulha exploration prospect. This discovery opens a new exploration play in the Southern part of Area 4. The exploration well Agulha-1 was drilled to assess new exploration targets and to test the hydrocarbon potential of geological sequences that are older than the ones drilled in the Mamba complex. The well encountered a substantial net gas pay zone in good quality Paleocene and Cretaceous reservoirs, with in place volumes of 5 to 7 Tcf. Indications of wet gas in the Cretaceous section were particularly encouraging and potentially open a new play type in the region. This will be the object of further evaluation. The exploration well Agulha-1 was drilled in a water depth of 2,492 metres and reached a total depth of 6,203 metres. The well is located approximately 80 kilometres off the Cabo Delgado coast. This was the tenth well drilled back to back in Area 4, where exploration achieved a 100% rate of success. The consortium is now finalising the assessment of the Agulha discovery and is preparing the appraisal strategy. This new exploration play in the Southern part of the block will be further investigated with the drilling of three additional wells foreseen in 2014. Galp Energia holds a stake of 10% in the Area 4 consortium whilst Eni East Africa (Operator) holds 70%, KOGAS holds 10% and ENH holds the remaining 10%.

22 May 2014

Eni successfully appraises Agulha discovery , in Mozambique Area 4

Eni has successfully executed the appraisal campaign for the Agulha discovery, located in Area 4 offshore Mozambique. The delineation was carried out through the Agulha 2 well, which was drilled in water depth of 2,603 metres and reached a total depth of 5,645 metres. The well is located in the southern part of the Area 4 Block, approximately 12 kilometres south of the Agulha 1 discovery well and 80 kilometres off the Cabo Delgado coast. The Agulha 2 well, which is the twelfth well successfully drilled in Area 4, proved about 25 meters of gas column in good quality Paleocene reservoir sandstones and confirmed the southern extension of the field. Eni is considering further exploration drilling in the southern part of Area 4 after Agulha 2. Total resources discovered in Area 4 are estimated at approximately 85 Trillion cubic feet of gas in place. Eni is the operator of Area 4 with a 50% indirect interest owned through Eni East Africa, which holds 70% of Area 4. The other partners are GalpEnergia (10%), KOGAS (10%) and ENH (10%, carried through the exploration phase). CNPC owns a 20% indirect participation in Area 4 through Eni East Africa.

27 Jun 2014

Statoil given go ahead to spud Erlend prospect

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has granted Statoil consent to use ‘Scarabeo 5’ for plugging well 6406/2-7-1 in the Norwegian Sea. The purpose of the operation is to carry out permanent plugging of exploration well 6406/2-7. The operation is planned to start in July 2014 with an expected duration of 47 days. Water depth at the site is around 293 metres and it is 6390 metres from the nearest installation, the Kristin Q Flowline. ‘Scarabeo 5’ is a mobile drilling facility built in Italy at Fincantieri Shipyards in Genoa, and completed in 1990. It is operated by Saipem Norwegian Branch (Saipem). The facility received Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in May 2003.

4 Jul 2014

Statoil set to suspend 'Scarabeo 5' contract

Owing to overcapacity in its rig portfolio, Statoil will suspend its contract with Saipem for the rig ‘Scarabeo 5’ from the autumn of 2014, provisionally for the remainder of the year. This means that ‘Scarabeo 5’ will be laid up for a brief period. Statoil is planning to re-commission the rig after the turn of the year. The rig is currently engaged in operations on Visund and is scheduled to complete its work there in August. The period for which the rig is being taken out of operation is equivalent to less than 3 % of Statoil’s drilling capacity on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) this year. “We subject our rig portfolio to continuous assessment, so that we are sure of having the right rig on the right job at all times,” says Tore Aarreberg, head of rig procurement. “We are planning for the rig to be in operation again after the turn of the year. We are pleased with Saipem as a supplier. They help us reach our goals, and we have a good cooperation with the supplier.” The rig is on contract until 2017 and will be used for the drilling and completion of production wells on various NCS fields, thus boosting recovery from existing fields. Taking ‘Scarabeo 5’ out of commission for a brief period will not affect Statoil’s production targets or planned exploration activities on the NCS. In 2014 the company will still be drilling 20-25 exploration wells on the NCS. Out of these 20-25, Statoil will be the operator of approximately two-thirds of the wells.

29 Jul 2014

Saipem announces raft of new offshore drilling contracts

Saipem has been awarded new drilling contracts in Indonesia, Nigeria, the Arabian Gulf and Latin America worth approximately USD850 million of which USD540 million are related to offshore activity and refer to four different units of Saipem’s fleet. Saipem has signed with Eni Muara Bakau B.V. a contract for the utilisation of the ‘Scarabeo 7’ which will be operating offshore Indonesia drilling a minimum of 12 wells; the project is estimated to be completed in first quarter 2017. The vessel will remain under contract with Eni until February 2018. ‘Scarabeo 7’ is a fifth generation semi-submersible drilling rig, capable of operating in water depths of up to 5,000 feet. Furthermore, in West Africa the contract for the ‘Scarabeo 3’ has been extended to March 2015. ‘Scarabeo 3’ is a second generation semi-submersible drilling rig, with capacity to operate in water depths of up to 1,500 feet. In addition, NDC has extended the contract for the jack-up rig ‘Perro Negro 2’ for 24 months, starting from January 2015, for activities in the Arabian Gulf. In Ecuador, EP Petroamazonas has extended by 10 months the charter of the jack-up rig ‘Ocean Spur’, operated (not owned) by Saipem until the end of the first quarter of 2015. Both these jack-up are rigs capable to operate in water depths of up to 300 feet.

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